Svjata Vatra “Kalyna” CD review by Andrew Cronshaw 2008

Written in fRoots issue 305, 2008 

Svjata Vatra 4740156910834

Second album from charismatic Estonia-dwelling ex-Haydamaky Ukrainian singer-trombonist (and now occasional duduk player) Ruslan Trochynskyi with Ukrainian and Estonian trad songs and originals. His energy isn’t matched by the Estonian band, four but sounding like fewer, on accordion, Estonian bagpipes and two percussionists, and a smear of reverb would have helped enliven things too.

© 2008 Andrew Cronshaw